2019 ASCAP Board of Directors Election - Publisher Candidate Statements & Bios
We are very pleased to announce this year's list of nominees for ASCAP's Board of Directors for the two-year term commencing on April 1, 2019. Each has expressed not only a willingness but an eagerness to serve. New nominees are invited to run based not only on their considerable achievements, but also on their commitment to ASCAP issues and their expertise in specific areas of the music industry.
ASCAP is the only member-owned performing rights organization in the United States with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership every two years.
We urge you to read the individual statements and biographies which follow, and cast an informed vote for a Board you feel will best reflect our membership's diversity and serve our common interests. Your vote is extremely important, perhaps now more than ever, in this changing and challenging new era. Voting will remain open until midnight on March 22, 2019.
James M. Kendrick*
Mary Megan Peer*
Irwin Z. Robinson*
* Indicates Incumbent Director
Voting members of ASCAP were sent ballots by mail (or email, for those who so chose). Members eligible to vote are those who earned at least one performance credit during the fiscal survey year ending September 30, 2017.
We face many challenges in music publishing today: attacks on the validity of copyright, piracy and the issues of streaming services that do not fairly compensate creators. There have been, however, significant changes in the political and regulatory environment of PROs, including the unanimous passage of the Music Modernization Act, a legislative milestone which should benefit creators and publishers alike. Organizations like ASCAP must continue to respond creatively to these challenges or risk being left behind. In my current role as Co-Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, I am committed to working to help ASCAP – and our industry – to devise useful, nimble plans to safeguard our assets and our future.
Caroline Bienstock is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bienstock Empire Inc. LLC. This follows the 2017 sale of the Carlin group of companies her father, music publishing titan Freddy Bienstock, named for her. She is currently celebrating her 27th year in the music publishing business. A New York City native, Caroline graduated cum laude from Yale College before earning her JD at Boston University School of Law. She then worked as an associate at the New York office of the Chicago law firm Seyfarth Shaw Fairweather & Geraldson. Subsequently, she earned an MBA from the Wharton School, and then worked in the Private Client Services division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., before beginning her tenure at Carlin America. Presently, Caroline's areas of concentration include the wind down of the old Carlin corporate operations and the build up of the music publishing business of Bienstock Empire. Caroline has served on the ASCAP Board of Directors for a decade. She also currently serves on the board of National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). Additionally, she serves on the advisory panel of the BMI Foundation and on the board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is also a member of both the Copyright Society and the Entertainment and Sports Law section of the New York State Bar Association.
I have been passionate about music for my entire life and for over 20 years I’ve been fortunate enough to work in the music business. For much of my career I have dedicated myself to making sure that songwriters and music publishers are protected and fairly compensated. Today some of the biggest companies in the world are distributing music at levels that were previously unimaginable. It is therefore more important than ever that the collective voices of songwriters and publishers are heard. Being appointed to the ASCAP Board was one of the highlights of my career and I look forward to lending my experience and trying to make a difference.
Peter Brodsky is Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Sony/ATV Music Publishing in New York. He has held that position since joining the company in 2007. In this role Peter leads a department of 20 that is responsible for all of Sony/ATV’s business and legal activities in the United States. Peter also plays a key role regarding these matters on a global basis.
Peter is responsible for Sony/ATV’s digital initiatives which include creating and executing the company’s strategy in connection with the licensing of Sony/ATV’s catalog to digital music services and other platforms. Peter has been a leader in the industry since the inception of the digital music business and has successfully negotiated with virtually every type of digital music service and platform, including on-demand and non-interactive audio streaming, video streaming services, lyric services, sheet music, cloud-based lockers and many others. Since 2015 Peter has been recognized by Billboard as one of the top 25 “Digital Power Players” in the music business. He has also been included in Billboard’s “Top Music Lawyers” since 2016.
Peter also plays a lead role in Sony/ATV’s major catalog acquisitions, including the 2012 deal for EMI Music Publishing. Part of Peter’s responsibilities in that transaction was to make several appearances in front of the Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission which ultimately resulted in antitrust approval for the deal.
In addition to the above responsibilities, Peter plays an active role in music publishing industry and legislative matters, such as copyright reform, and works closely with the National Music Publishers Association on many issues. Peter’s department is responsible for negotiating, drafting and maintaining all of the company’s songwriter, co-publishing, sub-publishing, joint venture and other agreements with talent and catalog owners as well as protecting and enforcing Sony/ATV and its songwriters’ intellectual property rights around the world.
Peter is a 21-year veteran of the music publishing industry and previously worked at BMG Music Publishing in a similar role where he was in charge of BMG’s business and legal affairs. While at BMG, Peter played an integral role in the acquisition and integration of Zomba Music Publishing, as well as Bertelsmann’s divestiture of BMG Music Publishing to Universal in 2007. Peter began his career as an associate at the law firm of White & Case in New York. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
It has been a great privilege to be a member of the ASCAP Board since 2008 and I am eager to continue to serve. The writer and publisher members of ASCAP have collectively faced many difficult challenges which have required navigating through complex legislative and financial issues. Fortunately we have had some significant recent success with the passing of the Music Modernization Act. I feel my past experience on the ASCAP Board, and as a strong entrepreneurial independent music publisher, has prepared me to serve the writer and publisher members of ASCAP in the best possible way.
Regarded among Nashville’s most accomplished, thoughtful and dynamic music industry executives, Barry Coburn heads Ten Ten Music Group, a prominent music publisher contributing significantly to the success of numerous top artists.
With vast international experience, Coburn is widely known as being at the forefront of successfully exploiting repertoire across a range of genres in the US and internationally.
Ten Ten Music Group’s catalog includes songs by Angaleena Presley (Pistol Annies), Harley Allen, Tia Sillers, Paul Brady, Porcelain Black, David Lee, Scott Stepakoff, Clare Dunn, Chuck Mead, Tim Nichols, Dan Tyminski, Johnny Lucas and Dori Valentine.
Among the company’s biggest successes has been the development of Keith Urban’s songwriting career from 1991 to 2005, including many hit songs. Barry also signed and published Tim Finn.
With a continuous commitment to publishing since 1984, Coburn’s career also encompasses record company executive management, artist management and concert promotion. He served as President/CEO of Atlantic Records’ Nashville division from 1999 to 2001. Prior to Atlantic, Coburn helmed Ten Ten Management. In 1988, Coburn signed newcomer Alan Jackson and secured a record deal for him with Arista Nashville. Over the next six years Coburn developed and promoted Jackson’s career, resulting in countless major awards, 13 #1 singles and sales of more than 13 million albums.
Coburn, who moved to the United States from Australia in 1984, brought considerable publishing experience with him. He also managed and produced the rock group Split Enz in New Zealand during the ‘70s, in addition to producing major concert tours for Elton John, Neil Diamond, Black Sabbath, The Eagles, Duke Ellington, Emmylou Harris, Roxy Music, Chuck Berry, Roger Miller and Led Zeppelin.
Music has been my life calling since starting in the business in high school. Having worked on all sides - as manager, label and publisher - I have always strived to be an advocate for songwriters. As a Board member I would support continued legislative efforts to improve market conditions and see that ASCAP works to improve benefit options and supports a healthy middle class in the songwriter community. I am also committed to helping us be a leader in opening up creative opportunities across the globe and in different technologies as the music marketplace evolves and expands.
Maria Egan is a veteran creative executive in the music industry who currently serves as President and Head of Creative at Pulse Music Group. A growth-minded leader with a track record of success, highlights of her accomplishments at Pulse include helping the company double its NPS and climb into the top 10 publisher market share in the US. She’s also leading the company’s drive into the Latin music market and played an integral role in the formation of Pulse’s joint venture partnerships with Marc Anthony’s Magnus Media and Nas’s Mass Appeal.
In her time at Pulse, Egan has built a world-class A&R team, developing young executive talent to be recognized as industry leaders who are consistently identifying, signing and developing some of the most talented and successful songwriters in contemporary music. As a team leader, she has worked to foster an egoless and proactive culture. Egan prizes internal collaboration and strives to cultivate a diverse, young A&R team with cultural currency. Her approach to leadership and creative strategy has helped make Pulse an unusually cutting edge destination for both young A&R executives and songwriting talent in the publishing world. Egan and her creative team have attracted key clients such as Starrah, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich the Kid and YEBBA to Pulse.
As President and Head of Creative at Pulse, Egan’s responsibilities include running the creative team and continuing to expand the company’s global creative strategy. Prior to joining Pulse, Egan was Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records from 2005 to 2013, where she also remained the CEO of her own producer management, music supervision and publishing company Elemental Music. Previously Egan had spent 10 years working in artist management between her native UK and NYC, advocating for a variety of contemporary and legacy artists and songwriters from legends such as Carly Simon to breakthrough electronic artist and DJ Tiësto.
In collaboration with veteran songwriter Simon Wilcox, Egan also recently co-founded Reboot, an inclusive community to educate and empower female creators that has hosted multiple salons, panels and writing camps to further the representation of women in music. She was named in 2017 as one of Billboard’s 40 Under 40 executives and in 2018 was honored by Billboard again in their annual Women in Music roundup.
In addition to her work in the music industry, Maria has served as the Chair of the Board for InsightLA, a non-profit in Santa Monica offering mindfulness retreats for LA community services like the Children’s Hospital, the VA and the Downtown Women’s Shelter and is spearheading several mindfulness programs for the creative community and women in leadership.
It is an honor and a privilege to be considered as an ASCAP Board member. Serving as an advocate for songwriters, composers and publishers is not merely a part-time engagement. It is a noble vocation. It is an obligation to work tenaciously to preserve the rights of those that have created the soundtracks of our lives. My role in the Cox Communications case speaks volumes to my commitment to taking the unpopular path, or at least the road less traveled, to ensure that those who have shared the gift of lyrics and melodies with us are justly compensated for their efforts.
Keith Hauprich serves in BMG’s most senior business and legal affairs role in North America as General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, North America.
Previously serving as Deputy General Counsel at BMG, Hauprich has been the driving force behind a number of significant deals, partnerships and initiatives particularly in digital, film and television music publishing, securing the music publishing rights to major players in the entertainment business including AMC Networks, Hasbro Studios and Netflix, the world’s leading internet television network.
Hauprich led BMG as the first major music group to sign a strategic alliance with Facebook and more recently Twitch, the Amazon subsidiary live streaming video platform. He has also been responsible for major publishing deals including Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, video game publisher Ubisoft (Assassin’s Creed franchise) and interactive entertainment company Activision/Blizzard.
Hauprich also played a key role in BMG’s groundbreaking victory against internet service provider Cox Communications on the basis of contributory copyright infringement where it secured a $25M jury verdict and more than $8.5M in costs and disbursements and later settled out of court. The case set the precedent in the way US law regards the “safe harbor” defense of internet service providers and BMG’s conduct and victory in the case has been widely praised by rights holders.
This proud father of six formerly served as general counsel for Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc., prior to BMG’s acquisition in April 2010. As a member of senior management and a corporate officer of one of the world’s leading independent music publishers, Hauprich was responsible for all legal matters and played a vital role in executing the sale to BMG.
Prior to joining Cherry Lane in 2000, Keith was an associate at a New York City law firm where he worked closely with a diverse range of entertainment industry-based clients including songwriters, producers, managers and platinum-selling recording artists.
I believe that one of the greatest challenges facing ASCAP is managing the transition of income streams from old to new media. If re-elected to the Board, I believe I can bring my diverse and international experience to help manage the delicate balance that ASCAP must maintain between protecting the interest of its writers and publishers while exploring new opportunities in a rapidly changing and complex media environment.
Laurent Hubert joined Kobalt as President & Chief Revenue Office (CRO) in October 2016. A native of France, Hubert has over 20 years of international general management experience including 12 years in senior management roles within the music publishing industry.
Prior to joining Kobalt, he served as President, Marketing & Creative, at BMG, where he played a central role in re-establishing BMG as a global music powerhouse. Previously, he was the Worldwide COO for BMG Music Publishing.
Before joining the music industry, Hubert spent eight years in various marketing roles for Club Med where he spearheaded and directed many projects including opening new market segments and increasing brand visibility and sales.
He holds a management degree from the Ecole des Dirigeants & Createurs d’Entreprises in Paris, and a Master of International Affairs degree with a concentration in International Business and Finance from Columbia University in New York. Hubert is also a private pilot with over 1,500 hours of flying time.
Throughout my career, I’ve been privileged to work with and advocate on behalf of some of the world’s greatest songwriters. At the same time, I’ve had the unique opportunity of viewing publishing through the lens of technology, addressing the complexities of modern-day copyright management at scale. ASCAP is at a meaningful inflection point and I would be honored to bring my perspective to the Board of Directors, ensuring that the organization continues to play an important role in the business of songs and songwriting for generations to come.
Justin Kalifowitz is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Downtown Music Publishing, a global music rights business established in 2007. Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Nashville, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo, Downtown’s team of over 120 staff manage some of the most important song copyrights in popular music — including the works of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Ryan Tedder and OneRepublic, Benny Blanco, Hans Zimmer, Tori Amos, Phish, The Kinks, John Prine, Arthur Baker, Mötley Crüe, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Imogen Heap and One Direction, as well as classics from “Summertime,” “Green Onions” and “Imagine” to modern standards like “Halo,” “Grenade” and “Shallow.”
With a technology-forward philosophy, Kalifowitz was inspired to democratize global royalty collections by launching Songtrust in 2011. In addition to servicing Downtown’s catalog and providing back-end collection services for global distributors such as CD Baby and The Orchard, the Songtrust platform manages over 1M copyrights and enables creators at all levels to collect royalties directly from over 100 countries and more than 20,000 unique income sources worldwide. Today, the Songtrust platform services over 175,000 songwriters and 20,000 music publishers.
Prior to launching Downtown, Kalifowitz served as Head of A&R at the music publisher, Spirit Music Group, where at age 23 he was named one of Billboard’s “30 Under 30” Top Executives. During his tenure with Spirit, Kalifowitz worked closely with the song catalogs of such legendary artists as Bob Marley, Lou Reed and Chaka Khan while overseeing catalog acquisition and international expansion.
A lifelong advocate for songwriters and the value of copyright, Kalifowitz has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and NPR, and spoken at MIDEM, SXSW and the World Copyright Forum. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association, where he was a key witness in the CRB rate court proceedings; these resulted in the 44% increase in payout to songwriters and publishers in 2018. In 2011, Crain’s New York Business named Kalifowitz to its “40 Under 40” list and in 2017, his accomplishments were honored with the AIMP Indie Award.
Born and raised in New York, Justin is a graduate of the City University of New York—Baruch College and is a Co-Founder of NY is Music, a coalition dedicated to advancing the importance of music in economic development, culture and education in New York State.
To learn more about Justin, follow him on Twitter: @JKalifowitz or visit dmpgroup.com.
Since prior to the introduction of the first web browser, I’ve worked aggressively to understand and embrace digital opportunities while vigorously defending creators’ rights in the digital space. Through my daily news digests, The Dean’s List and The ASCAP Daily Brief Powered by the Dean’s List, I’ve sought to keep our industry plugged into the opportunities and challenges we face. Your vote will allow me to continue bringing my understanding of the ‘net - and vision for our future - to the ASCAP Board as we transition into what will be an exciting tomorrow - both creatively and financially.
As a music publisher, I was the COO of The Welk Music Group, one of the leading independent music publishers of its time. I then became President/CEO of the US division of PolyGram International Publishing, a major music publisher in every sense of the word. I am now President/CEO of my own thriving independent publishing company, Demi Music Corp.
Early in my career, I was a songwriter and an entertainer. As a songwriter, over 100 of my songs were recorded, including “That’s Life,” made popular by Frank Sinatra. As an entertainer, I was a featured performer on the daily Tennessee Ernie Ford TV Show, a recording artist for RCA and, more than likely, the only publisher member of the ASCAP Board of Directors to have appeared as an artist on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand out of Philadelphia.
While I’m proud of my accomplishments (you can read more about them at deankay.com if you are so inclined), I am more interested in - and excited about - what’s to come and how I can help shape the landscape of tomorrow’s music industry.
As much of a shock the rock revolution was to the musical ecosystem, it pales when compared to the tectonic shift that has occurred over the last several years as the digital revolution has redefined, reshaped and replaced almost every tradition, every way of doing business and every expectation of results that, in the past, could reasonably be relied upon to predict the future.
Only one constant has remained throughout every music industry upheaval and that is: without those who create music...there is no music industry. I’m dedicated to continuing to help build a revitalized industry infrastructure needed to protect and nurture creators, their families and their heirs.
James M. Kendrick
In an ever-changing business environment, ASCAP continues to maintain its focus on protecting and obtaining value for America’s music creators and publishers. ASCAP played a key role in the passage of the Music Modernization Act, which is a great step towards obtaining fair value for musical compositions, but there are many more challenges to come. If re-elected, I will continue to work with my Board colleagues and management to fight for fair compensation for music creators and their business partners.
Trained as an oboist at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, Jim Kendrick began his publishing career in 1977, helping to establish European American Music before studying law. Following graduation from Rutgers Law School in 1983, he has specialized in intellectual property matters with a particular emphasis on the music and audio-visual industries. In addition to practicing law, Jim has also served in a senior capacity with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Schott Music/European American Music Distributors Company, and Universal Music Publishing Classical.
Jim became a Director of ASCAP in 2007 and was named Treasurer in 2008. He is also co-chair of the Finance and Legal Committees, and a member of the Executive Committee.
Jim is also Secretary and a Director of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Amphion Foundation, Inc., the Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd., The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation, The Charles Ives Society, Inc. and The ASCAP Foundation. He also is a Director of New Music USA and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Alice M. Ditson Fund. He is a member of the Executive Committee of The International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and counsel to the Music Publishers Association of the United States. He is a frequent speaker on copyright and music industry business practices both in the US and overseas. He has received the Presidential Citation of Distinction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for distinguished service to the arts in America.
With today’s consumers listening to music in record numbers across an increasing variety of mediums, the need for the music industry to be proactive and diligent in protecting the rights of songwriters and publishers has never been stronger. As CEO of Reservoir, I’ve dedicated our entire company’s work to fervently protecting our diverse music creators and estates against copyright misuse, all the while perpetuating their growth through writer incubation and licensing agreements. I am honored to be considered for ASCAP’s Board of Directors, and I look forward to dedicating my industry skills and expertise towards this prestigious organization for years to come.
Golnar Khosrowshahi is the Founder and CEO of Reservoir, a music publishing company established in 2007 under the umbrella of a family office with interests in health care, private equity, real estate and consumer electronics retail. Reservoir is headquartered in New York City and has operations in Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver and London, England. Under Golnar’s leadership, Reservoir has since grown to own and administer over 115,000 copyrights with titles dating as far back as the 1920s. Golnar continues to lead the team in building a well-attended roster and an established catalog, and was named one of Billboard’s Most Powerful Female Executives and a Billboard Indie Power Player for 2017 and 2018. Furthermore, Reservoir was awarded Publisher of the Year at Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards in 2017.
Prior to her foray into the music industry, Golnar worked in a number of different roles in advertising, design and experiential marketing. The most important of these roles positioned her as the Global Brand Manager at Euro RSCG, a division of Havas Advertising, for Fortune 500 companies such as Philips Electronics and MCI Telecommunications.
In addition to her role as CEO of Reservoir, Golnar serves as a Director on the board of the National Music Publishers Association, based in Washington, DC and working to ensure fair compensation and property rights for songwriters and their representatives. She sits on NMPA’s SONGS Foundation Board of Directors, working alongside musical talent including Steven Tyler, Jewel and Kara DioGuardi to raise funds to support career songwriters. Golnar also serves as President and Chair of cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad, a non-profit organization formed in 2000 as a way of bringing together innovative performers and composers representing traditions from around the world. She additionally sits on ASCAP’s Board of Review. Furthermore, Golnar is involved in a number of educational institutions – she is a Trustee Emeritus of Pearson College, one of the United World Colleges located in British Columbia; a Director Emeritus of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation in Toronto; a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania; and a former Trustee of the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation at the Columbia University Center for Iranian Studies in New York City. In 2018, Golnar was elected to the Board of Directors for RBI (Restaurant Brands International), one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with brands including Tim Hortons, Burger King and Popeyes.
Golnar lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two 16-year-old daughters. She is a classically trained pianist through the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. She is an avid runner and certified ski and tennis instructor. Golnar holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York City with a concentration in media management and finance and a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.
As a result of the hard work of the ASCAP team and many others, the Music Modernization Act has passed. However, it would be imprudent to think that we no longer must remain vigilant in protecting our songwriters and industry. During my tenure as CEO of Legs/ABKCO, I’ve seen the sway of the industry both domestically and abroad and worked hard to protect not only our songwriters’ income, but their legacy. As a member of the ASCAP Board I look forward to using this experience on both the technological and political aisles to ensure that ASCAP’s leadership is unchallenged in steering the direction by which our industry can flourish.
Jody H. Klein is currently owner and CEO of Legs Music, Inc. (ASCAP), ABKCO Music, Inc. and ABKCO Music & Records, Inc., the seminal music publishing companies and record labels for an incredibly diverse catalog, including all of the compositions and corresponding master recordings by Sam Cooke, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones), Ray and Dave Davies (The Kinks), Bobby Womack (“I Wish You Didn’t Trust Me So Much”) and Norman Luboff (“Yellow Bird”).
During his last several years as CEO, the ASCAP portion of the catalog has increased exponentially. Legs/ABKCO has become a major influence in the domestic copyright discussion, with Klein’s instigation of legal initiatives providing strong supporting evidence to the Copyright Office and DOJ on behalf of independent music publishers, and as the only independent record label to participate in the pre-1972 lawsuits against Sirius and Pandora. He works diligently to protect his songwriters and artists’ rights and their history by expanding their legacy through licensing and innovative cross-promotional opportunities, including legitimate theatre and film. His business relationships with directors and artists have led to ABKCO’s involvement in Grammy, Oscar, BAFTA and Lion award-winning projects, and Olivier and Clio-nominated projects.
Prior to his appointment in 2006, Klein was Managing Director of ABKCO’s 12 worldwide, wholly owned publishing subsidiaries. He was instrumental in the implementation of technological advances in remastering and reintroducing ABKCO’s corresponding master recordings to new generations of fans; these recordings in turn have lent a new lease on life to the marketability of the compositions. Under Klein’s leadership, ABKCO has become one of the largest revenue generating, family owned, privately held, independent music publishers and record companies in the world.
Jody Klein has been a board member of the NMPA since 2015 and in 2018 became a founding member and director of IMPEL Collective Management Ltd. A graduate of Skidmore College in 1985, with a BA in Business and Government, he continues to mentor students and lectures on the music business at his alma mater as well as being involved in developing Skidmore’s music business syllabus.
I have been in the music publishing industry my entire working life and nothing is more important to me than songwriters. Their creativity and passion is something I have always had the highest respect for. It has been a great honor to join the ASCAP Board in 2018 and I am looking forward to continuing that service in walking side by side with songwriters everywhere and supporting their creative endeavors as well as protecting their economic interests.
Evan Lamberg started his music publishing career in 1988, working at Berry Gordy’s Jobete Music (the publishing wing of Motown Records) as Creative Manager after graduating from New York University. He went to work for MCA Music Publishing in 1990 as Director of Creative Services. He was responsible for working with the entire MCA songwriter roster as well as signing the successful songwriting-production team of Cory Rooney and Mark Morales. In 1991, Evan joined EMI Music Publishing as Creative Director under the mentorship of Chairman Martin Bandier. He became Sr. Vice President, Creative in 1995 and in 1998, his role expanded to Executive Vice President Creative, North America. In 2007, Evan was named Sr. Creative A&R and Music Innovations, North America, taking on the task of helping to build EMI Music Publishing’s Music Innovations Division and dealing in creative and business relationships with such powerhouse corporate entities as Microsoft, Pepsi, the NFL and ESPN, as well as ad agencies J. Walter Thompson and Grey Advertising. At EMI, Evan signed or worked with such artists and songwriters as Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Bad Boy CEO Sean “Diddy” Combs, Pink, Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel, Paula Abdul, Jewel, LL Cool J and Regina Spektor. His work with songwriters has led to their songs being recorded by artists such as Celine Dion, Carlos Santana, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart.
In 2008, after 17 years at EMI Music Publishing, Evan joined Gibson Guitar Corp. as Executive VP Operations/Global Entertainment Relations, overseeing worldwide marketing, branding and talent relations. 2009 saw Evan transitioning back to his love of music publishing as Executive VP Creative, East Coast for Universal Music Publishing. He was promoted to President of Universal Music Publishing, North America in 2011. During his time at Universal, Evan has signed or worked with such artist-songwriters as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Prince, Imagine Dragons, Carly Rae Jepsen, Mariah Carey, Childish Gambino, Craig David, Neil Diamond, Diane Warren, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Randy Newman and Gloria & Emilio Estefan.
He sits on the Board of Directors of The Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Board of the Pepperdine University Institute of Entertainment, Media & Culture. His involvement in charitable organizations includes the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where he is a National Vice President, and Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS. He is also Co-Chair of the annual Songs of Hope/City of Hope event, where he sits on the Music & Entertainment Industry Group Board as its President. He was awarded the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award, signed by Barack Obama, for his decades of community service. Evan holds a dual MBA from Ivy League Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and one from the prestigious Queen’s School of Business in Canada. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Major Program Management from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from New York University. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Evan currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter Lola.
My primary focus is to vigorously defend and promote the success of songwriters, composers and lyricists while also ensuring the importance of their special role and relationship with their music publishers. In this regard, I believe that my active participation as co-chair of ASCAP's Survey & Distribution Committee as well as my continuing service on ASCAP's Strategic Planning, Legislative and Governance committees, and past participation on ASCAP's Law & Licensing and Legal Strategy committees, has provided me with an extraordinary and unique perspective which permits me to effectively engage and contribute to ASCAP. It is within this context that I would be honored to continue to serve.
A current member of the Board of Directors of both ASCAP and NMPA, and president of his own independent music publishing company, Leeds Music, Leeds Levy serves as co-chair of ASCAP’s Survey & Distribution Committee and as a member of ASCAP’s Strategic Planning, Governance and Legislative committees. He has also served as president of MCA Music Publishing worldwide and president of the Chrysalis Music Group. Beginning his career in music publishing at ASCAP, first in General Licensing and later in Membership, he subsequently established Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s Rocket Music publishing companies in North America. Levy then moved on to MCA Music Publishing (today’s Universal Music Publishing Group), the world’s second largest music publisher. As MCA’s head of creative, he expanded the company's domestic creative team and grew its roster of songwriters, writer producers and writer recording artists. Later appointed president of MCA’s worldwide operations, Levy rapidly grew the firm's revenues six fold by opening multiple offices in key global music markets, launching three separate and successful multi-genre record labels as well as in-house record production. These combined initiatives resulted in multi-platinum selling artists, including Michael Jackson, The Pointer Sisters, Lee Greenwood, Alanis Morissette and INXS. During his tenure with Chrysalis, Levy published multiple chart recordings by Elvis Presley, Avril Lavigne, Andrea Bocelli and OutKast. Throughout his career, he’s published hits by The Beatles, Madonna, Earth, Wind & Fire, Faith Hill, Soul Asylum, David Foster, Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross, Sarah McLachlan, David Sanborn, Randy Travis, George Strait, Lee Greenwood, Alannah Myles and Bobby Brown, as well as numerous scores to motion pictures, television productions and Broadway musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Twin Peaks, E.T. and Evita. Levy continues to be an active music publisher through his associations with Sony/ATV, Universal Music, BMG Music, peermusic and the Kobalt Music Group. He is a frequent speaker on music industry business practices.
A native of New York, Levy was educated at The Juilliard School and the Berklee College of Music and is a graduate of Boston University.
This is an exciting time to create change in our industry, and I am honored to have joined the ASCAP Board this past year. Throughout my career in publishing, it has been a great privilege to empower songwriters. I aspire to create a more efficient, transparent and accessible marketplace for creators and publishers. I am incredibly proud to work with ASCAP and I would love to continue to advocate and champion both writers and publishers alike.
Carianne Marshall is COO for Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. She joined Warner/Chappell in 2018, having been one of three partners at SONGS Music Publishing. Marshall is at the forefront of a new generation of music executives at the intersections of creative and commercial, entertainment and technology. She is known for a songwriter-first mentality and her wide-ranging expertise that drives innovative and dynamic approaches to the development and promotion of talent at all stages of a career.
Marshall oversees Warner/Chappell's global operations, which includes growing and strengthening the full spectrum of support services for its legendary roster of songwriters and rich catalog of songs. One of her first initiatives at the publisher was the introduction of a new Creative Services department focused on creating and finding new opportunities to serve songwriters.
Prior to joining Warner/Chappell, Marshall was Partner at SONGS Music Publishing. As its first West Coast team member, Marshall established the company's creative licensing team that was responsible for placing compositions by SONGS' writers in film, commercials, video games and visual media. During her more than 12 years with the company, she helped to build it into one of the leading independent publishers in the US, which was home to The Weeknd, Lorde, DJ Mustard and Diplo, among others, and known for its commitment to super-serving songwriters. Marshall was instrumental in the success and eventual sale of the company to Kobalt Capital in 2017.
Prior to SONGS, Carianne held positions at Elektra Records, Universal Music Publishing and DreamWorks Music Publishing. She began her career at a Los Angeles-based production company where she handled live music production and promotion.
Marshall was named one of the most Powerful Executives in the Industry in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Other honors include her inclusion in Variety's 2017 Women's Impact Report. She serves on the Board of Directors for MusiCares. Marshall holds a BA degree in Communications from the University of Southern California.
Mary Megan Peer
The US music licensing landscape is changing rapidly in the current legislative and judicial environments. ASCAP must adapt to these changes while continuing to focus on its core mission of licensing performing rights in the most efficient manner possible. As the only writer and publisher-governed PRO in the US, ASCAP is in a unique position to champion creator rights amongst many competing interests in the debates in Washington.
Based in New York, Mary Megan is peermusic’s Deputy CEO, focused on strategic business development and licensing on a worldwide basis. She also oversees peermusic’s operations in Asia and Brazil, and previously worked for several years in three of its overseas offices. Mary Megan works closely with the growing roster of publishers, both large and small, that rely on peermusic for sub-publishing services around the world. peermusic’s 29 offices worldwide give it the largest international footprint of any independent publisher, enabling Mary Megan to bring a global perspective to the ASCAP Board, a familiarity with the complex worldwide licensing environment and an awareness of the current challenges faced by many of the collection societies around the world.
For over 90 years, peermusic has consistently and relentlessly broken new ground by becoming home to some of the best and brightest talent in music. With several hundred thousand titles in its catalog, peermusic works in all genres including pop and rock, urban, Latin, classical, country and blues. peermusic proudly represents songwriters as diverse as Hoagy Carmichael (“Stardust”), Jimmie Davis (“You Are My Sunshine”), Perez Prado (“Mambo #5”), Donovan (“Mellow Yellow”), Liam Sternberg (“Walk Like an Egyptian”), Morten Lauridsen (winner of the ASCAP Foundation’s 2016 Life in Music Award), Tricky Stewart (Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”), Jimmy Giannos (Justin Bieber’s “No Pressure”), Neil Thrasher (“How Country Feels”) and TrapMoneyBenny (Drake’s “In My Feelings”). peermusic has a deep history in both Latin and country music and continues to be very active in both of these markets today.
Before joining peermusic in 2009, Mary Megan worked in investment banking, advising media and entertainment companies on their M&A and financial strategies. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia Business School.
Irwin Z. Robinson
I have been a music publisher for 50 years and am very grateful for the gift of being able to work in an industry that I love. I consider my service on the ASCAP Board of Directors a way of giving back to an industry that has given so much to me. We are facing and will continue to face challenging times in this digital, high-tech era, and it is vital to ASCAP to have experienced, tested and dedicated leadership to meet these challenges. I’d be honored to serve ASCAP and the songwriting community for another term.
Irwin Z. Robinson is Vice President, Industry Affairs for Cromwell Music. Headquartered in New York, Robinson formerly served as Chairman of Paramount Allegra Music, the worldwide music publishing division of Viacom's Paramount Pictures. Prior to Paramount Allegra, Robinson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Famous Music Publishing. At Famous, Robinson's mandate was to grow the company domestically and internationally. Within eight years, Famous had moved solidly into the mainstream of contemporary music by streamlining and modernizing its operations, dramatically expanding its catalogue and activities and moving aggressively into the global arena. When Viacom sold Famous to Sony/ATV in 2007, it was ranked as one of the industry's top 10 companies. Before leading Famous, Robinson headed two of the industry's leading international music publishing companies - the Chappell/Intersong Music Group-USA and EMI Music Publishing Worldwide. He was appointed President of the legendary Chappell/Intersong in 1977, serving concurrently as Senior Vice President of parent company Chappell and Company, Inc., starting in 1985. After the merger of Chappell and Warner Bros. Music in 1987, he was asked to re-join EMI and was named President and Chief Executive of EMI Music Publishing Worldwide.
Robinson was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1962. In 1964, he joined Screen Gems-Columbia Music as House Counsel and subsequently became Vice President and General Manager. Robinson held that position following EMI's purchase and consolidation of the company into Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
As one of the music publishing industry's most dynamic and innovative leaders, Robinson was honored with the prestigious Abe Olman Publisher Award for lifetime achievement in music publishing at the 29th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards Dinner and Induction Ceremony on June 10, 1998. He is presently Chairman of the Board of the National Music Publishers Assocation and the Harry Fox Agency. He is a member of the ASCAP Board of Directors and serves on the Executive Committee of both ASCAP and NMPA. Robinson is also on the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has served as a trustee of the US Copyright Society.
It is imperative that we as ASCAP members continue to proactively advocate for a modern regulatory system in the US that properly values and protects the intellectual property of our member songwriters and composers. For ASCAP’s symphonic & concert composers, it is important that we further improve upon the effectiveness of ASCAP’s concert crediting system. Finally, it is vital that we strengthen the diverse and multifaceted ASCAP membership base that continues to define the American concert experience as a vibrant and diverse forum of free and creative expression.
Robert Thompson is currently President of G. Schirmer Inc., Associated Music Publishers, Inc. and Schirmer Theatrical, LLC (part of The Music Sales Group). He currently serves as Vice President of the Music Publishers Association and sits on both ASCAP’s Symphony & Concert Committee as well as ASCAP’s Special Classification Committee. Thompson was previously a Managing Director of the European music publisher Universal Edition. He is a two-time Grammy-nominated producer and musician, and has conducted the Detroit, Houston, Nashville, Phoenix and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, among others. Thompson is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, a Sabre Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida. A former Dean of Music at SUNY Purchase College, Thompson holds a doctorate in music from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, where he is a Kauffman Foundation Advisor to the school’s Entrepreneurship in Music Program. As an author, he co-wrote the book Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (foreword by Carly Simon), which documents the history of the song, including its role in the creation of the ASCAP Foundation.
I am pleased to stand for election to the ASCAP Board of Directors and hopeful that I may contribute to the positive momentum currently enjoyed by the songwriting and music publishing community. As a Director of the National Music Publishers Association, I am allied in the fight for fair remuneration for songwriters through both legislative and legal advocacy, better practices in licensing and accounting and less regulation. As CEO of Concord Music Publishing, I have a vested interest in the good governance of ASCAP.
Jake Wisely is Chief Publishing Executive at Concord Music, where he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s music publishing and theatricals businesses: these include the creative operations, business affairs, licensing and administration of Concord’s growing catalog and roster, which spans a vast array of rights, eras, genres and territories.
Songwriters and composers whose works are represented by Concord include George Harrison, Mark Ronson, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Igor Stravinsky, Daft Punk, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Fogerty, Aaron Copland, Trent Reznor, Irving Berlin, Glen Ballard, Marvin Hamlisch, Pink Floyd, Robert Johnson, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Sebastian, Dolly Parton and Steve Miller, among many other classic and contemporary creators. Concord maintains music publishing offices in Beverly Hills, Nashville, New York, Miami, London and Berlin.
Wisely is an equity partner in Concord Music, which also includes the following label imprints: Concord Records, Fantasy, Fearless, Kidz Bop, Loma Vista and Rounder, among other classic and contemporary labels.
Wisely is a Director on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and a member of ASCAP’s Board of Review. He was Director of Membership at ASCAP and has worked in the creative departments of both EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing.